The Problem-How Can I Sanitize My Mattress?
Well it's Spring and along with the sunshine and warm weather comes the deep cleaning of your home. Not long ago, I stripped the flannel sheets off the bed and washed the mattress pad. It is my routine to flip the mattress twice a year giving me the opportunity to vacuum the mattress as I do this.
After we repositioned the mattress I questioned myself if the mattress was as clean as I could get it. Vacuuming is works well as it removes dust and skin cells that are lost and collected in the mattress but vacuuming doesn't sanitize the mattress. Then I had a thought.....
The Solution-Essential Oils for Sanitation
I use EOs to kill germs either topically or by diffusing in the air, why not make a disinfectant spray that I could use on the items that can't be washed such as mattresses and carpets? After a little research I came up with a mixture that I felt would sanitize and freshen my mattress. I dropped the oils in small 4 oz spray bottle and filled it with distilled water. I sprayed both sides of the mattress with the mixture making sure to get the seams as well. I then let it sit for 30 minutes while I went on to other things. Upon returning, I took a handheld steamer and steamed the mattress (again making sure to get the seams). What I did was slowly run the steamer over the mattress, this produced a high temperature on the mattress without distributing too much water vapor to saturate the mattress. It was dry within minutes but I left the sheets off for a few hours just to make sure.
10 drops of Thieves blend EO
10 drops of Purification blend EO
10 drops of Peppermint EO
3 drops of Lavender EO
Place in a 2-4 oz spray bottle and top off wit distilled water. This is a DIY antibacterial spray that can be used on most surfaces.
The results were amazing! Not only did the mattress smell great but I felt very comfortable that our mattress was sanitized and fresh.
Interested in the Spray?
I know it seems strange to put charcoal on your face but this mask has amazing benefits for your skin. If you have read my other blogs you will know that my son has acne that we have been treating with an essential oil blend that I call Complexion Enhancement because it is not work well for acne but for most skin issues. The Complexion Enhancement works great for acne and preventing new blackheads but it did not extract the blackheads that were already there prior to us starting our treatment. So I starting researching high and low for blackhead removal therapies and let me tell you there are a lot of so called "treatments" out there. We tried many things but what I'm about to tell you works wonders for your skin and I'm so excited to be able to share this with you. As you may know, I also make soap and one of the soaps I make is for acne prone skin. I started thinking what if I could make a mask with some of the same acne fighting ingredients that are in the soap? I experimented a little and came up with a Charcoal & Bentonite Clay mask with Lavender and Tea Tree essentials oils. Well it looks strange I have to admit, it was very thick to begin with but I thinned it with Rose Water to make it more spreadable for the face. My son was very hesitant to say the least but we tested the mask on my hand for 15 minutes to prove to him that it would not discolor his face. He finally consented to the mask and 15 minutes later we washed it off. OH MY GOODNESS, to my surprise it removed a large number of the smaller blackheads and for the really stubborn blackheads it raised them more to the surface to allow for a much easier manual extraction process. He would only allow me so much "face" time so we repeated the process the next week again with amazing results. My daughter and I joined him in the masking adventure and we loved the results too. It left our skin feeling amazingly soft, so soft that I can't articulate it in written words.
Mix ingredients well and incorporate the EOs at the end. Apply the mask with your fingers or with a brush. This is very important, do not leave the mask on longer than 15 minutes! These ingredients are very powerful and if you leave the mask on longer it could make your skin very sensitive. To remove the mask, apply a warm washcloth to a small area at a time and gently wash it away. It is very thick so this process takes a little time. Once you have it mostly removed, gently wash your face and pat dry. Do not exfoliate or wash your face vigorously for 2 days after using the mask. Use the mask no more than once a week.
Why does this mask work?
Both Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay removes toxins from your body so the mixture naturally "pulls" the blackheads to the surface. Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils are great for you skin as they have natural antibiotic properties which helps prevent blackhead/acne formation and also softens skin.
How can you get this mask?
You can purchase the needed ingredients and make the mask yourself or you can contact me for a custom blending of your own Activated Charcoal & Bentonite Clay mask @ firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Complexion Enhancement or Acne Soap follow this link www.marysessentials.com/store.